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Faulkner and LoveThe Women Who Shaped His Art$
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Judith L. Sensibar

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300115031

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300115031.001.0001

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General Introduction

General Introduction

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Faulkner and Love

Judith L. Sensibar

Yale University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about how the work of American writer William Faulkner was influenced by the three most important women in his life. These women include his mother Maud Butler Faulkner, the African American woman who raised him Caroline Barr, and his wife Estelle Oldham Faulkner. This volume explores the origins of Faulkner's perceptions of the relation of creativity to sexuality and the roles family and societal relationships in the development of his creative imagination. It also suggests that Faulkner's relations with the women in and outside of his family shaped both his understanding of what it meant to love and his vision of what an artist and a man could be.

Keywords:   William Faulkner, women, Maud Butler Faulkner, Caroline Barr, Estelle Oldham Faulkner, sexuality, creative imagination, family, societal relationships, love

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